BRITISH DRIVER FOR BOC GASES SUPER TOURERS Mike Porter Team Dynamics Nissan Primera heading for Australia TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2: British driver Jamie Wall today confirmed he would race a Nissan Primera in this year's BOC Gases Australian Super...
BRITISH DRIVER FOR BOC GASES SUPER TOURERS Mike Porter
Team Dynamics Nissan Primera heading for Australia
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2: British driver Jamie Wall today confirmed he would race a Nissan Primera in this year's BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship motor racing series.
The 30-year-old from Chester said he was moving to Australia later this month to contest the eight-round championship in the Team Dynamics Nissan which England's Matt Neal drove to third place in the 1998 British Touring Car Championship Independents Cup. Neal also recorded three top-five finishes in the front-drive Primera in the 1998 BTCC.
"This car had some very good performances in the British championship last year so there's no reason why we shouldn't be competitive in Australia," said Wall.
Wall said the Primera would arrive in Australia later this month and would be based in Sydney, where it would be prepared for championship race meetings by New Zealander Nigel Barclay and his Project Racing crew. Wall's past record includes driving a Vauxhall Cavalier to fourth place in the 1997 BTCC Independents Cup. He also drove with Australia s Mark Adderton in a Barclay-prepared Honda Accord in the 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000, but they failed to finish because of mechanical problems. Wall said his decision to race in Australia this year was prompted by a desire to further his career and a lack of opportunities in this year. "So many ex-Formula One drivers trying to get into the BTCC these days and it's tough to break in," said Wall.
"Coming to Australia gives me the chance to race regularly and establish myself as an international driver. I see it as a means to opening up some options for me for the future. I've worked with Nigel (Barclay) and his team before and I know they do a good job. I also know from Bathurst the top Australian teams are going to be tough - it s a challenge and I m keen to get going."
Wall said he had received some technical support from Team Dynamics and Nissan Motorsport Europe, and he expected that to continue during the championship, which starts at Oran Park in Sydney on March 14. He said he hoped to race the car in this year s Bathurst 1000, possibly with Neal.
Barclay will also prepare another Nissan Primera in this year's Australian championship, driven by Sydney veterinarian Dr Jim Cornish. The Primera was raced by Steven Richards in the 1997 championship, and by Adam Kaplan the following year. Cornish has sponsorship backing from Hills Science Diet, and Frontline.
SUPER TOURING BRIEFS: Melbourne-based Independent drivers ROD WILSON and MICHAEL DOWNARD will drive alternate rounds in this year s championship in an ex-BMW Motorsport Australia 318 with Playboy sponsorship. Wilson bought the car he drove with Rodney Forbes to eighth in the 1998 Bathurst 1000. The car was first raced in the Australian championship by Geoff Brabham in 1995 when he finished runner-up in the series. s AARON McGILL will contest this year s championship in an ex-Knight Racing Ford Mondeo. His past Super Touring experience includes the 1997-98 Bathurst 1000 races, and the Eastern Creek round of the 1998 championship. He also raced in the Australian GT Production Championship in 1998.
The two Hyundai Lantras built by Sydney s Paul Pickett have new drivers in 1999. NIGEL STONES, the Class E winner in the 1998 Australian GT Production Championship, will drive one of the cars. The other has been taken over by CLAUDE ELIAS, who raced the Lantra in the championship at Oran Park in 1998.